Interpreted. Comptroller General McCarl, in answering queries from Postmaster General Brown, states extensions of air mail routes without competitive bidding must be actual extensions and not new lines. Page 3 To Montreal. With 41 persons aboard, the R-100 starts from Cardington, England, July 28, on her trans-Atlantic flight to Montreal, Quebec; takes northern Great Circle route.
LOS ANGELES — A new record in business conferences held in one day was established recently when B. A. Rowell, manager of sales for the Gilmore Oil Co., and Chet Crank, vice-president of the Botsford-Constantine Co., advertising directors, held a series of business conferences in the four cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle, all in one day.
WASHINGTON—A 10,000-mi. inspection tour of Army Air Corps bases was embarked upon on July 30, by Assistant Secretary of War for Aeronautics, F. Trubee Davison. Accompanying Secretary Davison in the Hornet-powered Fleetster, flown by Capt. Ira C. Eaker, are Maj. Delos C. Emmons and H. J. Adamson.
<p>AKRON — Eight Maybach BL-2 engines, designed for use in the “Akron”, the Navy dirigible ZRS-4 now under construction at the Goodyear plant here, have been received from the German factory. The 560-hp. engines cost approximately $13,000 each.</p>
Comptroller General Mccarl Rules on Mail Line Additions
Says Extensions Without Competitive Bidding Must be Actual Extensions and Not New Routes
WASHINGTON — Extensions of air mail routes without competitive bidding must be extensions in fact and not major additions into new territory, and must be in the general direction of the existing route. Thus has Comptroller General McCarl ruled in reply to queries from Postmaster General Brown as to his powers of authorizing extensions under the terms of the Watres Bill.
Has Elapsed Time of 26 Hr. From Detroit to Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES—By coming in first in the Douglas-Los Angeles lap of the Cirrus All-America Flying Derby, Lee Gehlbach, flying the low-wing Command-Aire “Little Rocket,” powered with an upright, supercharged Cirrus, finished the first section of the 6,553mi. flight more than two hours and a half ahead of his nearest competitor, L. R. Bayles.
As press time nears, reports come of Hamer having led the fliers into Ogden on their hop from Los Angeles, July 29, by taking a non-stop direct route over the San Bernardino mountains. His time for the lap was 4 hr. 45 min. 47 sec., while Gehlbach made two stops and took 5 hr. 52 sec.
<p>TAMPA (FLA.)—While the majority of awards went to winners of contests in the Tampa N.A.A. Chapter amateur meet held here recently, prizes also went to the best groomed girl, man, and plane. Mrs. Vera Gammage, Arcadia, attired in an all white suit, was adjudged the prettiest girl coming by air; Bob Nagle, a Clearwater demonstration pilot, was selected as the best dressed pilot; and a Stinson Junior belonging to P. J Sones of Haines City was voted the best appearing airplane.</p>
<p>SAN DIEGO (CALIF.)—The Bowlus Sailplane Company, Ltd., of San Diego, has developed a hydro-glider as another phase of the Bowlus combination glider. The combination glider, built on specifications of the Bowlus Sailplane, is constructed so that the wings may be shortened by the use of a 2-ft. center section instead of the 14-ft. sailplane center section, to convert it into a primary glider.</p>
COLORADO SPRINGS (COLO.)— Featuring the third annual Pikes Peak air meet to be held from the municipal airport here, August 9-10, will be a race over the summit of Pikes Peak, it is announced by Pikes Peak Aeronautique, Inc., sponsor of the event.
CARDINGTON—With a load of 30 tons of gasoline and food for five days, the R-100 started for Montreal at 10:45 p.m. July 28 (New York Daylight Time). Squadron Leader R. S. Booth, who is in command, announced his intention of following the northern Great Circle route, passing over Scotland, across the Atlantic just below the southern tip of Greenland, over Labrador and up the St. Lawrence River to Montreal.
CHICAGO—For those who intend to drive out to the National Air Races at Curtiss-Chicago Airport from the city and suburbs, a traffic committee under the direction of president Anton J. Cermak of the Cook County Highway Commission has outlined four routes to the port designed to prevent vehicle congestion.
$318,161 Less Than in ’29; June Cargo Worth $1,221,363
<p>WASHINGTON—Aero exports for the six months ending June, 1930, were valued at $4,812,720, a sum only $318,161 less than the valuation for the same period of 1929, although foreign trade during that year assumed such proportions it was feared the present market might be very appreciably less.</p>
SAN ANTONIO—Records of the Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Kelly Field, reveal that the annual output of airplane pilots has been practically quadrupled during the four years the Air Corps training center has been in operation. The training base was organized in 1926 and Brig. Gen. Frank P. Lahm was placed in command.
<p>BROOKLYN — Brunner-Winkle Aircraft Corp., this city, reports sale of 42 planes, 25 OX and 17 Kinner, since March 1 of this year. Fifty planes were delivered, it may be stated in comparison, during the year previous to March 1, the latter mostly OXpowered craft.</p>
EVANSTON (ILL.) — American air law topics to be discussed by Louis G. Caldwell and George B. Logan in the first international course of lectures on air law (AVIATION, June 21, p. 1228), at the Air Law Institute, Northwestern University, August 6-19, have been announced.
<p>WASHINGTON—Five airplanes and three propellers received approved type certificates during the week ended July 26. The craft, according to certificate number, make and designation, type, power plant, weight empty, useful load, and gross weight, are:</p>
DETROIT—On August 7, the Great Lakes Air Cruise is scheduled to start from here on its ten-day, 2,600-mi. tour of 30 towns and cities in the U. S. and Canada located along the shores of the five lakes. Sponsored by the Detroit Flying Club, it is something new in the way of tours and is expected to aid in opening new market channels for manufacturers of seaplanes and amphibions.
CLEVELAND—The Curtiss Tanager, winner of the first prize of $100,000 in the recent Guggenheim safe aircraft contest, was destroyed by fire here while being taxied for a takeoff at a performance of the Curtiss-Wright exhibition fliers. The performance was staged at a race track and the rough terrain made taking-off difficult and also caused gasoline to spill out of the carburetor.
Amarillo Plant Produced 1,204,900 Cu. Ft. at Low Cost
WASHINGTON — Producing more helium than has ever been turned out before by a helium plant in one month, the government plant near Amarillo, Tex., during May, produced 1,230,350 cu.ft. of gas containing 93 per cent, or 1,204,900 cu.ft. of contained helium.
<p>CHESTER (PA.) — Under the direction of Capt. Frank Mills, an aviation course, to include 30 dual control lessons and solo flying, has been installed at Pennsylvania Military College. Training will take place at the Essington (Pa.) Airport.</p>
More Than 4,000,000 Mi. Flown in Scheduled Operations
NEW YORK—A report of the operations and status of most of the United States air transport companies for the first 3 mos. of this year has just been issued by Homer Bennett, secretary of the transport section of the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce.
DENVER—The conference of the South Central section, Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce, scheduled in Denver, August 4, has been postponed until an indefinite date in September, according to Charles W. Short, Jr., Tulsa, Okla., chairman of the sectional body.
MILWAUKEE — Following ratification of the plan by stockholders, the Weeks Aircraft Corp. and Holterhoff Flying Service have merged into the Weeks-Holterhoff Flying Service, Inc. Presidents of each concern, Elling O. Weeks and Frederick Holterhoff, will retain their stock interests, while the latter will become technical operations manager and chief instructor of the new firm.
OTTAWA—Aerial operations of the federal government are to be more extensive this year than in the past, without taking into consideration the carriage of mail by air. Aerial photography will be carried on in at least five provinces as well as the Northwestern Territories.
Chance Milton Vought, pioneer pilot and noted aircraft designer, died on the morning of July 25 in his forty-third year. Mr. Vought was best known for the design of the Vought Corsair, the Navy’s standard observation plane, and especially for his pioneering work in the development of planes fitted to meet the stresses of catapult launchings and of deck landings.
CLEVELAND — Orders for valves worth nearly $100,000 were received within a month’s time recently by Thompson Products, Inc., from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Co. One consignment included 8,500 valves to be used in engines being built for government use.
BUFFALO—Fleet Aircraft, Inc., subsidiary of Consolidated Aircraft Corp., reports the sale of fifteen Fleet trainers for personal and student use. Ten were equipped with Kinner and five with Warner engines. The Army Air Corps has taken delivery on a Fleetster.
Also Announce Facilities For Contestants at Chicago
CHICAGO—Announcement is made of the definite routes for the four men’s and two women’s derbies to the National Air Races. The seventh derby, a nonstop event for men, is scheduled to start from Los Angeles. The Yankee men’s air derby, open to planes of 500 cu.in. piston displacement or less, will start from Hartford, Conn., on Aug. 23.
WASHINGTON—A list of aeronautic publications, classified under twenty-eight subject headings, has been issued by the Aeronautics Branch as Aeronautics Bulletin No. 6. The list, which does not claim exhaustiveness, is offered in answer to a demand implied by the frequent inquiries for references on aviation subjects received by the Branch.
Nine Contestants Finish 4,060-mi. Trip in Fight Days
BERLIN—After leading most of the way, the English pilot H. S. Broad was the first contestant to finish the European Light Plane Tour, arriving at Tempelhof Airport at 4:33 p.m. July 27. He was followed almost immediately by A. S. Butler who has, however, been disqualified for changing propellers after a bad landing at Posen.
WASHINGTON —In line with its policy of enforcing the air commerce regulations strictly and impartially, the Aeronautics Branch has suspended Roger Q. Williams’ transport pilot license for 90 days as a result of his round-trip non-stop flight to Bermuda on June 29.
At press time, word comes that Mr. Budwig has cut Mr. Williams’ suspension from 90 to but 7 days, followingevidence that Williams made an effort to arrange matters with the British Embassy prior to the flight. safety or interest or detrimental to the morale of pilots or mechanics.”
<p>NEW YORK—Three recommendations have been unanimously adopted and forwarded to the Aeronautics Branch by the flying school committee of the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce, which recently held a meeting here under the chairmanship of Willis Haviland, president of Universal Flying Schools.</p>
<p>NEW ORLEANS—Organization of a new corporation merging the New Orleans Air Transport, Inc., the Rankin System of Flying Instruction, and the Simplex Aircraft Corp. is underway, according to William A. Hoefgen, vicepresident of the New Orleans company.</p>
PATERSON (N. j.)—Final acceptance tests have been completed by the Wright Aeronautical Corp. on the new Cyclone 575 hp. engine. For 45 hr. the power plant was run at 1,900 r.p.m., delivering the rated 575 hp. Completion of the trial releases for delivery more than 500 ordered by the Army and Navy.
Operating a Plane in South and Central America Sometimes Means Ousting Snakes and Monkeys
NEW YORK—Jack Price, chief pilot for Pan American Airways on the Cristobal division, reports that 17 mos. of flying over the Central and South American areas has afforded more varied experiences than he ever had flying a Spad over the lines in France during the war.
Baily A. Wright, aviation engineer, and Lynn C. Jones, lubrication engineer of Vacuum Oil Co., New York, have been making a survey of aviation activities in the Middle West. Steve Mills took the $250 first prize in the Portland-Seattle air race held July 18 under the auspices of the Paramount Theater of Seattle.
BETHANY AIRWAYS, Waterbury, Conn. ; capital stock, $50,000 ; by Harold Shalett, M. H. Hirschfield, and Esther Graicerstein ; to operate the former Leroy W. Thompson Memorial Airport at Bethany, Conn. KINGSWOOD AIR TRANSPORT, INC., Kingswood, W. Va.; capital, $20,000; by T. A. Wilson,' J. T. Spahr, and others; to establish an airport and flying school.
Aeronca—C. A. Trump, Tulsa, Okla. Barling—Ted. B. Madden Flying Service, Indianapolis, dealer for Marion County. SPARTAN — W. W. Martin, Fort Worth, Tex., and M. V. McDermott, Waco, Tex. STINSON — Hearst Aircrafts, Ltd., Mills Field, San Francisco, for northern California.
FRED DENSLOVV has been named general manager of United Airport, Burbank, Calif. F. B. KRAUSE has been elected president of Erie (Pa.) Flying Club. H. W. BARLOW is president of the newly organized National Aircraft Engineering Corp., Wash., D. C. This firm is successor to Gazley & LaSha, and comprises the personnel remaining when RICHARD C. GAZLEY and S. S. LASHA became chief engineer and assistant chief eng i n e e r, respectively, of the Aeronautics Branch. T. C. GOODRICPI K. MURPHY, recently assistant to the general traffic manager of Colonial Airways, has been appointed district manager in the New England territory.
WASHINGTON — Twenty Model Y1C-14 single-engine cargo airplanes with spare parts have been ordered from the Fokker Aircraft Corp. for the Army Air Corps under a contract involving $460,550, recently approved by F. Trubee Davison, Asst. Secretary of War for Aeronautics.
F From the British Isles comes the R-100. Thus another exclamation point is about to be added, according to all indications, to the growing list of successful airship ocean crossings—a list which is headed by the flight of the R-34 from England to the United States in 1919.
Over and Under. “Many men who are quite close to aviation are prone to overlook the far-reaching effect that airship development will have upon airplane transportation. They are also inclined to underestimate the increasing airmindedness in Mexico and South AMERICA.”-FRED A. WORTHEY, General Manager, Axelson Company.
Mr. I. K. McW. of Dallas, Tex., sends in a clipping describing one of the ships built for the Cirrus Race, taken from the Tulsa Tribune, Okla. ‘The airplane . . . said, is a single seater mid-wing monoplane type with a lifting space of approximately 70 square feet. Wings are 22 feet from tip to tip.
Evidence that air travel is on the increase in the United States is offered by two concerns operating passenger services. One company, which operates forty airports in various parts of the country, reports that its planes carried 83,259 passengers in the first six months of 1930, more than double the 1929 figure.
Notes—(I) All stocks actively traded in on both New York Stock Exchange and the Curb Exchange; also contains over-the-counter stocks on which bid and ask quotations are regularly published. (2) Total volume on both N. Y. Stock and Curb Exchanges.
THE INHERENT CHARACTER of all reserves lies in the fact that they constitute a deduction from profits. Of recent years the most common form of reserve is that for depreciation in the value of fixed assets, especially that form of fixed asset which is represented by plant and equipment, where wear and tear and obsolescence must be taken into account.
Considerable irregularity has characterized both price movements and demand for aeronautical stocks during the past week. The eight stocks employed in the aviation stock index have shown a decline in volume of sales, whereas their average price has moved upward some two points due mainly to the strength of The Aviation Corp., N. A. T., and United Aircraft.
The Truscon Steel Co., Youngstown, Ohio, hangar manufacturer, reports $601,280.19 net earnings for the second quarter of this year, as compared with $130,905.16 in the first quarter. The earnings in the second quarter, however, were substantially lower than those of the same period in 1929, when net profit of $1,003,494.11 after all deductions was reported.
WASHINGTON—Bids on eight flying boats with all-metal hulls will be opened by the United States Coast Guard service on August 5. These aircraft, which will embrace the most advanced design yet employed for their field of operations, will cost approximately $50,000 apiece.
NEW YORK—Rumor enthusiasts have been set during the past week with an abundance of luscious delicacies—but upon direct statement to a representative of THE AVIATION NEWS, officials and partners of all of the organizations included in these rumors have denied that there is the slightest substance to the reports.
Other Nations Catching Up; We Must Work to Hold Place
NEW YORK—Whereas we appear ahead now, European countries are rapidly “seeing the light” and we will have to continue to design and build better military aircraft to hold our position. This was the statement of Maj. James H. Doolittle on return from his European demonstration tour July 25. The well-known pilot and his team mates, Capt. John K. Cannon, Lieut. James E. Parker, and Maj. Melvin A. Had, went to Europe early in April.
NEW YORK — A study to determine the causes of engine failure just after a plane has taken off has been conducted by the engineering department of Barber & Baldwin, Inc., aero insurance underwriters. Reporting on the result of the experiments, Maj. G. L. Lloyd, vice-president of the firm, says:
KANSAS CITY ('mo.)—The United States Engineers Office of the War Department at 707 Postal Telegraph Bldg., this city, has announced that sealed bids, in duplicate, will be received until 12 noon Aug. 25, 1930, and then publicly opened, for furnishing all labor and materials and performing all work for an aerial survey of the Missouri River covering about 900 mi. from the mouth of the river to Yankton, S. D.. and also for furnishing a controlled aerial photographic mosaic in atlas form of the Missouri River from this city to the mouth of the river.
NEW YORK—For the purpose of considering questions of government legislation with respect to the aircraft industry, the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors has passed a resolution requesting the Department of Commerce to call a national conference of official representatives from the 48 states to meet with federal officials and members of industry.
1,758,795. Leslie L. Irvin, Buffalo, N. Y., assignor to Irvin Air Chute Company, Inc:, Buffalo, N. Y. Filed March 26, 1928. Serial No. 264,844. Rip CORD construction for aircraft is the subject of this patent. The present standard government parachute has a rip cord with a circular handle and it is claimed that this is easy to confuse and hard to operate under service conditions.
<p>NEW YORK—Latest reports in the financial district here are to the effect that the rumored merger of the Aviation Corporation of the Americas and New York, Rio & Buenos Aires Line is awaiting only the official sanction of the federal Department of Justice and that completion of the deal may be expected within four weeks.</p>
WINNIPEG—Controlling interest in Western Canada Airways, the largest operator in western Canada, has recently been reported on the market, with the first option reported to have been offered to the Canadian National Railways. Although a series of conferences has been under way between officials of both the railway and leaders in the aviation industry it is considered that the next logical step would be the consideration of also acquiring the Aviation Corporation of Canada, the leading operator of commercial airlines in the East, hut it is not considered likely that any definite action will be taken until after the effect of the recent election becomes known.
WASHINGTON—On July 25, the Aeronautics Branch sent out a special memorandum listing proposed airports, airports where improvements are contemplated, new airports established, and airport projects which have been postponed. This information, which has heretofore been published in the semimonthly Air Commerce Bulletin, will he sent out in separate memoranda of the type just issued each week from now on.
<p>NEW YORK—Air mail poundage over the South American routes of Pan American-Grace Airways increased during the second quarter of this year over the first quarter. The increases in per cent by country of origin are as follows : Southbound—Colombia 39 ; Ecuador 40 ; Peru 49; Chile 58; Argentina 100.</p>
NEW YORK—Homer Bennett, secretary of the Airport, Transport and Fuels and Lubricants sections of the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce here, recently completed a four-weeks tour of airports and airlines in the MiddleWest and West. His itinerary took him from Seattle to Los Angeles, and most of the major aviation centers west of the Mississippi.
WASHINGTON—A pilot’s guide to Alaska has been prepared by the Alaskan Highway Commission in the form of a pocket-size book of photostats giving all data necessary for ordinary use, thus eliminating the problem of carrying a sheaf of bulky maps, unhandy to use and easily lost or torn.
<p>ST. PAUL—An air-rail hookup has been arranged between Mamer Air Transport, operating between this* city and Spokane and Seattle, and the North Western railroad, giving 24-hr. service from Chicago to Spokane and 36-hr. service to Seattle and Portland. Passengers mav leave Chicago by rail at 8:30 p.m. They will arrive in the Twin Cities at 7:25 a.m., and take the plane at 7:45 a.m. arriving in Spokane at 7 p.m. the same day and Seattle at 7:30 a.m. the next day.</p>
FORT WORTH (tex)—An agreed judgment of $7,500 in a suit growing out of a fatal airplane accident in Amarillo December 30, last, was filed July 22 in Federal district court here. Leone Brien Dillon, as next friend of Clifford Dillon, a minor, and son of C. N. Dillon, one of the victims, sued Southern Air Transport Flying Service, the petition declaring that the flying service agreed to settle in order to avoid litigation, although it does not admit liability.
BALTIMORE—Ten thousand square feet of bulkheading has been completed at the site of the new Baltimore Municipal Airport. Behind this bulkhead 6,000,000 cu.yd. of fill have been pumped already. This is about half the volume needed to make a 380-acre airport surface.
With the payment of $450,000, Philadelphia has officially taken title to the Hog Island airport site from the Shipping Board. The balance will be in the form of a ground rent principal of $2,550,000. Survey for lighting the New OrleansAtlanta-Birmingham route is to be started immediately by the Airways Division of the Department of Commerce.
East: Presque Isle, Me., has raised $40,000 and purchased a 270-acre tract to be developed as an airport. The field lies a mile from the center of the town and close to the Halifax-Montreal air route. Louis Seaburg and associates of Jamestown, N. Y., have acquired a tract of land on the border of the city which they plan to develop as a semi-public airport.
VAN NUYS (calif.)—According to a report on activities at Los Angeles Metropolitan Airport, this city, recently issued by Lloyd L. St. John, president, first six months of 1930 showed a substantial increase in business over any previous six-month period.
ELGIN (ill.)—An old wooden hangar, repair shop and two planes at the old Elgin airport on McLean Boulevard, owned by the Midwestern Aircraft Co., were destroyed by fire the afternoon of July 25. The blaze is believed to have been caused by spontaneous combustion.
CLEVELAND — Preliminary tests at Cleveland Municipal Airport of two radio devices intended to aid pilots in landing at airports hidden by fog have proved quite encouraging. The devices consist of a low-power radio beacon transmitter with a range of 5 mi., and a voice transmitter of 10-watt power and a range of slightly more than 10 mi. Both are located in the control tower of the airport administration building.
KANSAS CITY (mo.)—Nearly 200 representatives of towns in northern Kansas interested in establishing a passenger line into Kansas City met at Beloit, 'Kán., July 18, and formed the North Forty Air Line Association with A. F. Weethe, Clay Center, president; and Earl Brown, Topeka, secretary and treasurer.
COLUMBUS (ohio)—Record for the highest single day’s traffic at Port Columbus was broken July 4 when a total of 48 passengers on the T.A.T.Maddux and Continental air lines took off from the field. The T.A.T.-Maddux flew four sections, carrying 43 passengers, one less than the record number of 44 made in May.
WASHINGTON—The Vought Corsair which was flown blind from Omaha to this city by Capt. Arthur Page (see THE AVIATION NEWS, July 26, p. 8) was equipped with standard instruments only, except for visual and oral radio beacon receivers. Capt. Page reported preference for the visual type, both because he believed it to be more accurate over longer distances, and because of its considerably smaller strain on the pilot.
UTICA (N. Y.) — Commissioner of Public Works Charles S. McKernan has reported the receipts from Utica Municipal Airport for this year, up to July 10 as follows : Rentals and commercial storage, $2,949.21 ; sales of gasoline and oil, $3,424.82; total, $6,374.03.
WASHINGTON—Air express did not share the increased popularity which has been the lot of air mail and passenger transportation, according to figures recently released by Col. H. H. Blee, director of Aeronautic Development, Aeronautics Branch.
NEW YORK—An interesting sidelight on the methods used by one of the large transport operators in stimulating the use of “legitimate” air mail has been described by R. J. Smith, Assistant General Manager of American Airways, Inc. While keeping in mind the injunction of Postmaster General Brown that stunt mailings are to be avoided, nevertheless certain principles of salesmanship in solicitation of air mail traffic are meeting with satisfactory results.
NEW YORK—Following the recently announced court decision regarding minimum altitude which must be maintained in the vicinity of its proposed Cleveland airport, Curtiss-Wright Flying Service has announced its intention to abandon development of the port and carry the case to a higher court in hopes of a more favorable decision.
WINNIPEG—Western Canada Airways, operator of air mail and passenger service between this city and Calgary and between Regina and Edmonton, has reported that in May, the planes flew 91,738 mi.; 979 hr.; carried 1,081 passengers ; 30,959 lb. of freight and 25,004 lb. of mail.
Great Britain Pays Most Per Mile Flown; U. S. Least
GENEVA—British airlines are more heavily subsidized than those of any other country, according to a report prepared for the League of Nations by Henri Bouche, editor of the French publication, L’Aeronautique. He says that British taxpayers spend $6 for each mile of flying on lines to Empire points, and $1.28 for English lines to the continent.
VANCOUVER (B. c.)—It is authoritively stated that an experimental mail service, connecting Vancouver with the Canadian transcontinental line, will be put into operation about the middle of August. The route across the Rockies will be from Lethbridge, Alta., through the Crows Nest Pass, instead of from Calgary, as first contemplated.
MEXICO CITY—The Ministry of War and Marine has placed orders for 32 Irvin Air Chutes and 90 Lewis machine guns to be used by the First Air Regiment of the Army Air Service. The Ministry has just taken delivery of the first of seven Fairchild planes which will be used by the School of Applied Aeronautics.
PARIS—Air Union and the Paris - Lyons - Mediterranean Railway have entered into a co-operative agreement for transfer of mail and passengers. Express trains south from Paris now stop at Pas des Lanciers, the nearest station to the Marignane airport, specially to transfer mail to planes.
LONDON—Some further figures have been given out concerning the NapierHalf ord 16-cyl. air-cooled engine which was recently demonstrated in a DeHavilland monoplane fighter (see THE AVIATION NEWS, July 12, p. 20). It measures 21 in. by 35 in., and is 54 in. long. Its rated 300-350 hp. is developed at a speed of 3,850 r.p.m., but of course reduction gearing is an integral part of the dual crankshaft design.
LONDON—In the quarter ended June 30, 29 tons of air mail were carried by the various routes from Great Britain to the continent, and to other points in the Empire, as compared with 21J tons for the same period in 1929. There was an increase of 36 per cent in both letters and parcels, the figures being 22,227 lb. and 43,363 lb., respectively.
The technical staff which has been investigating the British dirigible R.100 with a view to improving the design of future airships has reported that it could easily be converted to use gas fuel, and the change is being considered. No satisfactory explanation has been given for the crash of a Junkers air taxi over Kent, England, despite official investigation. Witnesses said the plane seemed to explode, or come apart in the air. Pilot and passengers were killed.